by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Today begins the 71st Cannes’ Film Festival that will run all the way up to the 19th. The festival is held every year in Cannes’, France, where films from all genres, including documentaries and short films, are screened. This year’s president of the film jury is Australian actress, Cate Blanchett (Festival De Cannes, 2018).
The opening and most anticipated film this year is Asghar Farhadi's film, Todos Lo Saben or Everybody Knows (English), a drama that focuses on the story of Carolina and her Spanish family. Carolina is living in Buenos Aires when she decides to return to her hometown just outside of Madrid with her Argentinian husband and kids. Things go awry when a series of events brings secrets into the light. This film stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
(Festival De Cannes - Full List of Films Screening and Competitors)
The origins of this festival were caused by tensions mounting during the WWII era. Italy was already holding a film festival known as the Venice Film Festival since 1932 and by the year 1938, it became a more fascist and Nazi propaganda festival. To combat this the Allied forces of France, Britain, the USSR, and America came together to create their own festival that was to be held in Cannes, France in 1939. With the break out of the war, the festival was canceled. It was brought back in the year 1946. Cannes was originally going to be held from September 1st to the 20th. Films that to be presented at the time were Wizard of Oz, The Nigerian, The Black Diamond, and Tomorrow, It’s War.
Sadly, the only filmed screened was William Dieterle’s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Since then the festival has only been canceled a few times (staff, 2010). Once because of the war and other times due to low budgeting but, it has been 72 years since 1946 and it has grown to be a recognizable festival that all countries can be a part of. Italy even still holds their Venice film festival as well. This year's Venice Film Festival in late August and early September of this year. When the 19th comes around I’ll be sure to talk about the festival winners. ‘til next time.